How to Visit Canada to Get Married

In 2005, Canada became one of the few countries in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Since then, many same-sex couples from abroad have visited Canada to get married because their home countries will not allow it.

Same-sex couples can have any kind of wedding they’ve ever dreamed of in Canada.

Visiting Canada to get Married

People from other countries who wish to come to Canada to get married need to apply for a  Temporary Resident Visa or visitor’s visa  For a list of countries whose citizens are exempt from needing a visitor’s visa to enter Canada, click here.

You will also need to apply for a Canadian Marriage License before being married in Canada, which can be done online. You must first determine the city and province where you’d like to be married, and apply through their online marriage license services. For more information and a list of provincial websites, click here.

Being married elsewhere

If your home country does not recognize same-sex marriages, you will not be entitled to the same rights, freedoms and benefits that married couples will have despite having been legally married in Canada.

Earlier this year the issue of non-residents’ marriages being legal in Canada made the news in a big way. Because a government lawyer said that if a same-sex couple’s home country didn’t recognize the marriage, it wouldn’t be valid in Canada, the opinion appeared to come from the government itself. But this has since been confirmed to be a hiccup caused by unclear legislation and one person’s opinion – your marriage is still very much legal in Canada.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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